Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
This page was last updated on 28.03.2020, this page will continue to be updated with the latest advice from the UK government as more information becomes available.
The recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused concern for many across the globe. Due to the escalating situation with regards to Coronavirus in the UK, we would like to keep you updated with the latest advice from the UK government.
The situation is evolving each day but the following information outlines the latest advice from the UK government as of 28.03.2020.
Stay Home, Save Lifes
The latest UK guidance has advised that everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. You should only leave your home for one of the following 4 reasons when absolutely necessary:
- shopping for basic necessities like food and medicine as infrequent as possible
- one form of exercise a day which may be alone or with members of your household
- for any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling to and from work, but only where this cannot be done from home.
If you have ANY of the following symptoms, the new guidance is for you and the people you live with to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.
- Fever (temperature > 37.8C)
- New continuous cough (in the last 7 days)
- Shortness of breath
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE CLINIC, ANY GP SURGERY, PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS
Those with symptoms are no longer required to call NHS 111 as the system is under a lot of strain but are instead urged to look to information on the NHS website.
If you have these symptoms and wish to discuss further with a GP we can book you in for a telephone consultation.
Important Information on Appointments at MyHealthcare Clinic
To help minimise the risk of potential transmission in our clinic we are not taking online bookings at the moment and will not be accepting walk-in appointments.
All appointment bookings will now need to be made over the phone to enable us to ask a series of screening questions.
We are continuing to offer GP services and emergency dental service to those in need, however we have currently suspended any elective treatments at MyHealthcare Clinic.
If you become unwell between the time of a telephone consultation and consultation in the the clinic, please contact us as soon as possible and we will help to reschedule your appointment a minimum of 14 days after you have become unwell.
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19) and How is it Transmitted?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illness in humans and animals. We have seen some coronaviruses previously e.g. SARS (severe acute respiratory disorder). This newest form of coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19.
Coronavirus is most likely to be transmitted through respiratory droplets released when coughing, sneezing and inhaled by another person. These droplets can also land on surrounding surfaces and be transmitted when someone touches these surfaces then their eyes, nose or mouth.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
The symptoms are similar to the cold or flu and do not necessarily mean you have the illness. Symptoms of the coronavirus include:
- High temperature
- Shortness of breath
It may also cause aches, pains, sore throat and diarrhoea.
Treatment for Coronavirus
Most individuals will recover on their own, there is no specific treatment. However, treatment may be given to help relieve symptoms while your body recovers from the virus. Please stay at home in isolation until you have recovered.
How can Coronavirus be spread?
Coronavirus is most likely to be transmitted or passed in a similar way to similar viruses and illnesses such as the cold or flu. These can be spread through coughing, sneezing and close personal contact which may include touching surfaces with the virus on it then touching the eyes, nose or mouth without washing your hands.
How to minimise the risk of catching or spreading Coronavirus?
- Handwashing is key. Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds. Soap helps to breakdown the fatty layer that surrounds the virus.
- Use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available. It must be at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow and not your hands.
- Dispose of tissues in a bin immediately.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
You may be asked to self-isolate if there is a risk you may have coronavirus. This means you should:
- Stay at home and not go to work, school or other public places.
- Do not use public transport or taxis.
- You may ask friends or family to run errands for you or drop off food, however please avoid close personal contact and try to avoid any visitors to your home.
- Clean toilets and bathrooms regularly.
- Consider doing online shops and asking the delivery driver to leave the shopping bags on the doorstep.
You can find out more about the coronavirus online:
Information Provided by:
Dr Akash Patel | General Practioner & Medical Director at MyHealthcare Clinic
Medical Qualification: MBBS 2010 Imperial College London
GP Register 2015